For the second day in a row, the winning margin at the Tour de France was a matter of centimetres – if not millimetres.
After three stages without a victory, pressure was building on the Belgian Etixx-Quick Step team and their German sprinter Marcel Kittel. It didn’t help much that two of the stages were won by Mark Cavendish, who Etixx-Quick Step allowed to leave for Dimension Data at the end of last season.
But everything worked out perfectly for Kittel in Limoges after the 237.5-kilometre fourth stage from Saumur – the longest of the race. The sun even came out.
It was close for Kittel as he was pushed all the way by Frenchman Bryan Coquard of Direct Energie.
In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie analyse Kittel’s return to winning ways at the Tour after missing last year’s race with illness and injury. We hear from Etixx-Quick Step owner Patrick Lefevere and sports director Brian Holm about the victory.
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